Crabbers blame the 2010 BP oil spill for Crab Shortage – Searching for Answers

blue_crabMany crabbers blame the 2010 BP oil spill, which leaked an estimated 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. The year before the spill, crabbers across the state experienced banner crops. In the Terrebonne Basin, crabbers pulled in more than 14 million pounds, the highest in more than a decade, those in the Barataria Basin pulled in their largest haul since 2006. But landings in the Barataria and Terrebonne basins are down 38 percent and 31 percent, respectively, following the spill, according to recent state data. Across Louisiana, the decrease has been 23 percent. Read the rest here 14:36

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